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|Author||: William Ian Miller|
|Editor||: Oxford University Press|
In this book, William Ian Miller offers his reflections on the perverse consequences, indeed often the opposite of intended effects, of so-called 'good things'. Noted for his remarkable erudition, wit, and playful pessimism, Miller here ranges over topics from personal disasters to literary and national ones. Drawing on a truly immense store of knowledge encompassing literature, philosophy, theology, and history, he excavates the evidence of human anxieties around scarcity in all its forms (from scarcity of food to luck to where we stand in the eyes of others caught in a game of musical chairs we often do not even know we are playing). With wit and sensitivity, along with a large measure of fearless self-scrutiny, he points to and invites us to recognize the gloomy, neurotic, despondent tendencies of reasonably sentient human life. The book is a careful examination of negative beliefs, inviting an experience of bleak fellow-feeling among the author, the reader and many a hapless soul across the centuries. Just what makes you more nervous, he asks, a run of good luck, or a run of bad?
|Author||: Tim Scott|
In a bizarre future world in which appliances talk back and cities are divided into zones based on musical tastes, dream designer and surfer Jonny X awakens to discover that his house has been stolen, he has become the target of a determined encyclopedia saleswoman, and he is being pursued by four crazed bikers called War, Famine, Pestilence, and Jeff. Reprint.
|Author||: Joe Cleary|
|Editor||: Field Day Publications|
Did Ireland produce a more radical and ambitious literature in the straitened circumstances of the first half of the twentieth century than it has managed to do since it began to ‘modernize’ and become more affluent from the 1960s onwards? Has Irish modernism ceded place to a prevailing naturalism that seems gritty and tough-minded, but that is aesthetically conservative and politically self-thwarted? Does the fixation with ‘de Valera’s Ireland’ in recent narrative represent a necessary settling of accounts with a dark, abusive history or is it indicative of a worrying inability on the part of Irish artists and intellectuals to respond to the very different predicaments of the post-Cold War world? These are some of the questions addressed in Outrageous Fortune. Scanning literature, theatre, film and music, Joe Cleary probes the connections between capital, culture and criticism in modern Ireland. He includes readings of James Joyce and the Irish modernists, the naturalists Patrick Kavanagh, John McGahern and Edna O’Brien, and comments too on what he terms the ‘neo-naturalism’ of Marina Carr, Patrick McCabe and Martin McDonagh. He concludes with a provocative analysis of the cultural achievement of the Pogues.
|Author||: Rachel Lang,James Griffin,Tim Balme|
|Editor||: Oratia Media Ltd|
This is the ultimate handbook to New Zealands favourite television family, the Wests, and their associates.This outrageous family album introduces all the characters from the legendary TV drama Outrageous Fortune, with their tips for a fulfilling life in the West, including recipes,love stories, defining moments and disasters.
|Author||: Roger Keyes,Roger.. Keyes|
|Editor||: London : Secker & Warburg|
Traces the life of King Leopold III of Belgium, argues that Paul Reynaud, the French Premier, tried to make the King the scapegoat for the defeat of France, and clarifies the King's war record
|Author||: Michael Gross|
|Editor||: Simon and Schuster|
“Michael Gross’s new book…packs [in] almost as many stories as there are apartments in the building. The Jackie Collins of real estate likes to map expressions of power, money and ego… Even more crammed with billionaires and their exploits than 740 Park” (Penelope Green, The New York Times). With two concierge-staffed lobbies, a walnut-lined library, a lavish screening room, a private sixty-seat restaurant offering residents room service, a health club complete with a seventy-foot swimming pool, penthouses that cost almost $100 million, and a tenant roster that’s a roll call of business page heroes and villains, Fifteen Central Park West is the most outrageously successful, insanely expensive, titanically tycoon-stuffed real estate development of the twenty-first century. In this “stunning” (CNN) and “deliciously detailed” (Booklist, starred review) New York Times bestseller, journalist Michael Gross turns his gimlet eye on the new-money wonderland that’s sprung up on the southwest rim of Central Park. Mixing an absorbing business epic with hilarious social comedy, Gross “takes another gossip-laden bite out of the upper crust” (Sam Roberts, The New York Times), which includes Denzel Washington, Sting, Norman Lear, top executives, and Russian and Chinese oligarchs, to name a few. And he recounts the legendary building’s inspired genesis, costly construction, and the flashy international lifestyle it has brought to a once benighted and socially déclassé Manhattan neighborhood. More than just an apartment building, 15CPW represents a massive paradigm shift in the lifestyle of New York’s rich and famous—and is a bellwether of the city’s changing social and financial landscape.
|Author||: Stephen W. Locke|
|Editor||: Wipf and Stock Publishers|
Navigating through troubled times is often fearful, terrifying, and disappointing. We want to make decisions that move us along, but we are also fearful about making the wrong choice. Especially, during this pandemic we are fearful about our lives being touched by others, but with a deep desire to stay connected. These meditations trace the emotional upheaval of our struggle as well as provide hopeful solace in the struggle itself. Philosophers, sociologists, psychologists, spiritual advisors, and theologians are useful sources to this journey. In my endeavor to clarify and advance the singularity of our struggle, I have gleaned from many of those listed above. But most of all I have endeavored to dive into my own vulnerability, connecting myself to the human struggle for security and love.
|Author||: Lulu Taylor|
|Editor||: Random House|
Rich girl, poor girl. Two girls from very different circumstances fight to overcome the obstacles life has thrown at them, and find they have more in common than they think. 'The jewels shine bright, the glamour is completely envy-inducing, the labels are lustworthy and the sex scenes are guaranteed to make you blush.A brilliantly told old-school bonk-saga - hard to find nowadays.' 5 stars, Heat (No 1 in Heat's Top 5 books section) 'This thrilling tale of money, deceit and love is indulgently escapist.' 5 stars, Closer 'Outrageous Fortune is one of these books that takes you into the world of the characters and leaves you there until you reluctantly drag yourself away again, I loved every page! Fab!' 5/5, Chloe's Chicklit Reviews
|Author||: Terence Frisby|
“I enjoyed Outrageous Fortune immensely. Its wonderful mix of the personal and the legal makes it hugely gripping and very moving. It’s a terrific read.” David Hare “A harrowing tale of one man’s long - and ultimately losing - struggle against the legal system and its representatives. One would like to think that what Terence Frisby went through couldn’t happen today - but can we be sure?” Marcel Berlins, Legal Columnist, The Guardian, Law in Action, Radio 4 “Mr Frisby’s shocking account corroborates my belief that our divorce system merely serves to damage families, multiply areas of conflict and line the pockets of the legal profession. An enthralling read.” Michael Mansfield, QC ”Touching and impressive, an horrific indictment of British justice.” Prunella Scales, CBE “An enthrallingly personal history of love and treachery - moving and deeply worrying.” Timothy West, CBE This is a controversial, passionate and wittily written account of a leading playwright’s success, marriage, divorce and his personal encounter with legal stupidity, malice and thirteen years of litigation. A young actor/playwright, a nobody from nowhere, met a beautiful aspiring model. They fell in love, married; he wrote an international smash hit play and film comedy and made their fortune with There’s A Girl in My Soup. It was a familiar, intoxicating rags-to-riches story until it all went wrong. Frisby tells the tale of his own fascinating world of theatre and film with style, wit and passion. It is a cautionary tale of sixties’ permissiveness - intimate, revealing and funny. Divorce is common enough but this story takes on an original dimension when Frisby becomes a litigant-in-person. We are plunged into a new world of writs and affidavits, solicitors, barristers and judges. He becomes involved in thirteen appalling and extraordinary years of litigation - exactly twice the length of his marriage. He tells a story of our legal system and the professionals who run it that makes any fictional courtroom drama seem dull, as he tries to save his marriage, his fortune and maintain access to his son. With Frisby’s divorce left behind, he becomes entangled in a web of legal double-dealing and inhumanity. From the unique perspective of a person representing himself in the mincing machine that is our legal system, he paints a nightmarish - yet often hilarious - picture of our legal processes, of judicial incompetence and lawyers’ stupidity. This book is a powerful argument, not only for the removal of lawyers from the painful process of divorce, but for reform of the policing of our legal profession, from the judges downward.
|Author||: Daniel Altman|
A Harvard-trained economist's startling predictions reveal critical challenges in the decades ahead, helping individuals, businesses, and governments to make smarter decisions As individuals, companies, and countries struggle to recover from the economic crisis, many are narrowly focused on forecasts for the next week, month, or quarter. Yet they should be asking what the global economy will look like in the years to come—where will the long-term risks and opportunities arise? These are the questions that Daniel Altman confronts in his provocative and indispensable book. The fate of the global economy, Altman argues, will be determined by deeper factors than those that move markets from moment to moment. His incisive analysis brings together hidden trends, societal pressures, and policy endgames to make twelve surprising but logical predictions about the years ahead. And his forecasts for the future raise a pressing question for today: With so many challenges awaiting us, are our political and economic institutions up to the task? Outrageous Fortunes tells which industries will grow, which economies will crumble, which investments will pay off, and where the next big crisis may occur. Altman's carefully reasoned text is an essential guide for the road ahead.
|Author||: Kathleen McClure,Kelley Mckinnon|
On the planet Fortune, tech is low, airships and dracos crowd the skies, and everyone is out for their share of the crystal.A year after the war with the Coalition states has ended, John Pitte and the crew of the Errant aren't just scraping the bottom of the barrel, they're scraping the deck under the bottom of the barrel. So when a mysterious woman offers the crew salvation-or, at least a paying job-John signs on, only to discover that neither the job, nor the woman, are what they appear.Soon, the crew of the Errant are on the run and embroiled in hive of deception, while everything John hoped to save teeters on the brink of disaster.Outrageous Fortune is the second book in The Fortune Chronicles, a genre-blending series of old-school adventures set on the engineered world of Fortune, a planet populated by conflicted heroes, complex villains, and canny shadow traders, as well as Sensitives-humans born with psychic abilities.
|Author||: Maggie Bede|
Outrageous Fortune is a true story. It is the story of Zhang Yinyu, otherwise known as Charlie Zhang, as it was told to Englishwoman, Maggie Bede. It is a first-hand account of one man's life in modern China.The book describes Charlie's painful experiences in Mao Zedong's China, as he is confined in solitary confinement for eighteen months, sent to three labour camps, and finally physically beaten by the very students to whom he has diligently taught English. Finally, he witnesses the death of Mao Zedong, the demise of Madame Mao and the infamous 'gang of four', and the opening up of China under the leadership of Deng Xiaoping.
|Author||: Karen Lesley Skinner|
A suspenseful thriller involving the kidnapping of an intelligent woman, who discovers that she has to become someone else to get to the truth. Her tortured logical mind has to make sense of a potential conspiracy. Her quest for answers takes her from London to Crete; a journey of self discovery as much as the pursuit of truth.
|Author||: Armin Shimerman|
|Editor||: Pocket Books/Star Trek|
Time traveler and literal Renaissance man Dr. John Dee has adjusted to life on Earth in the year 2100. But his mercantile genius is again put to the test when he and his 22nd century comrades, Morgan d'Winter and Kelly Edwards, are called upon to protect their world from the machinations of an alien renegade posing as a messiah.